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Questions tagged [ayn-rand]

Questions about the philosophy of Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982), a Russian-America best-known for her novels The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957). She developed a system she called Objectivism which presents her philosophy.

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Objectivist Aesthetics and the Jungian Archetypes

Rand and Piekoff talk a lot about romantic art. They talk about how art symbolises metaphysical and ethical values and ideals (I believe). They also talk about art relating to people based on their ...
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Capitalism stance on natural disasters

This question is not really related to objectivism, but I am somewhat intersted in "What would Ayn Rand say?", with emphasis on her defense of capitalism rather than her general philosophy. Accepting ...
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How does Rand explain her choice of laissez-faire capitalism?

She thought that laissez-faire capitalism is the only social system capable of promoting human rights. But how did she explain that if she did at all? There are so many problems with laissez-faire ...
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Why do people quote Ayn Rand so much on this forum when she clearly wasn't into philosophy?

Ayn Rand was not a philosopher and Objectivism is not some collection of philosophical arguments. Even by her own admission, she was opposed to philosophy as a field. Her work is predominantly a ...
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What is a value of guilt?

Ayn Rand portraits Guilt as the largest currency exchanged worldwide. In terms of accounting, and exchanges, daily between individuals; this is a very seemingly realistic observation. Is there ...
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What model of self-deception was Ayn Rand using in Atlas Shrugged?

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy's article on self-deception describes a few common views of self-deception. Broadly, there are two major types of views: intentional approaches (which model ...
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Do libertarians like Robert Nozick and Ayn Rand agree with the idea of enforcing intellectual property?

How do hardline libertarians like Nozick and Rand consider the question intellectual property and monopolies through patents? On one hand, it seem to me that they would support the concept, given ...
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How would Robert Nozick and Ayn Rand respond to the following moral dilemma?

Consider the following scenario: In a remote isolated village, there is a family with a sick infant, who desperately and urgently needs a specific type of medicine. They have no way of procuring it ...
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Can one find in the writings of Ayn Rand a definitive list of rights?

Is there to be found anywhere in the writings, lectures or interviews of Ayn Rand a precisely-formulated list of rights, with or without justifications or explanations? In other words, did she ever ...
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Does Quantum Physics Refute Ayn Rand's Objectivism?

Rand's Objectivisms' central tenets are that reality exists independently of consciousness, that human beings have direct contact with reality through sense perception, that one can attain objective ...
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How does Quantum science and Objectivism mix? [closed]

First off please bear with me that I am entering the realm of learning about both of these topics. However from what I have gathered objectivism says that reality is the only reality and that there is ...
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Why is John Rawls taken more seriously than Ayn Rand?

I just listened to a lecture on ethics and justice, and John Rawls' "a theory of justice" was presented as the most significant work of political philosophy in recent times. The lecturer then went on ...
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Is Rand's Objectivism consequentialist/consequentially motivated?

Background (not looking to get into the weeds on this; just clarifying my viewpoint): It seems to me that the concept of a moral force or law is not really empirically supported. That is, statements ...
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How does objectivism see altruism during an accident?

As I understand, objectivism is against altruism. If a stranger is drowning in a lake and I know how to swim I can try to help and risk my own life in doing so. The person might cling to me and drown ...
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Does Rand appropriate Kant's Categorical Imperative?

Rand doesn't explicitly refer to Kant in her ouevre, however in her first essay in her book Objectivist Ethics, Rand writes: The basic social principle of the Objectivist ethics is that just as ...
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Was Ayn Rand affected by Italian Futurism?

Italian Futurism was an art movement in early 20th century Italy which celebrated youth, violence & technology: Marinetti expressed a passionate loathing of everything old, especially political ...
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How fatal is Rands error in tackling Humes is-ought distinction?

Rand calls her philosophy Objectivism as she declares this moral philosophy is wholly & entirely rational and that the world has an objective character: It is out there. Hume, on the other hand ...
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Is Ayn Rand's objectivism incompatible with delayed gratification?

My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his ...
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Is it fair to characterise Ayn Rands philosophy 'Objectivism' as a blending of Nietzsche's Übermensch and American individualism?

I said this to a friend once, but told her to keep it quiet as I couldn't back it up as I haven't read any of her works, nor even a solid introduction. I formed my snap judgement on the basis of a ...
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Is Ayn Rand's Objectivism practical at all?

I just read Atlas Shrugged and was wondering if the kind of moral objectivism suggested in there is even practical in real life. For example, I have an IT assignment to do for high school, and we ...
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philosophical writings that explain “nature of nature is outside man's volition”

I read in Ayn Rand's essay "The metaphysical vs the man-made", The nature of nature is outside man's volition. Is there any other writings that discusses this concept in more detail? Specifically ...
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Ayn Rand The Fountainhead clarification [closed]

From the book The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand "If... if you can see what you're talking about, you can't be what you are." "No, my dear. I must be what I am, precisely because of what I see." ...
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What are some critical arguments against Objectivism?

I have read Ayn Rand's Fountainhead and also working through Atlas Shrugged. What are some philosophical arguments against Objectivism? NOTE: I am NOT a philosopher.
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Why is Ayn Rand's Objectivism philosophy dismissed by academics?

This is a question in response to this other one that I asked. I didn't really get a satisfactory answer, mostly because it seems like Rand's work is largely ignored by academics. The highest voted ...
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What philosophers have built on Ayn Rand's Objectivism?

Ayn Rand's Objectivism philosophy has always intrigued me. And it seems to still have a lot of influence over certain politicians and thought leaders. Have any philosophers taken up the mantle where ...
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What's the difference between Randian philosophy and Objectivism?

I recently encountered a debate about whether Objectivism was the same as the philosophies of Ayn Rand. Wikipedia tells me they're synonyms. Is there another definition of "objectivism"? Has ...